Ecohydrology of water-limited environments: A scientific vision

Brent D. Newman, Bradford P. Wilcox, Steven R. Archer, David D. Breshears, Clifford N. Dahm, Christopher J. Duffy, Nate G. McDowell, Fred M. Phillips, Bridget R. Scanlon, Enrique R. Vivoni

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Abstract

Water-limited environments occupy about half of the Earth's land surface and contain some of the fastest growing population centers in the world. Scarcity or variable distributions of water and nutrients make these environments highly sensitive to change. Given the importance of water-limited environments and the impacts of increasing demands on water supplies and other natural resources, this paper highlights important societal problems and scientific challenges germane to these environments and presents a vision on how to accelerate progress. We argue that improvements in our fundamental understanding of the links between hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes are needed, and the way to accomplish this is by fostering integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and hypothesis testing through place-based science. Such an ecohydrological approach will create opportunities to develop new methodologies and ways of thinking about these complex environmental systems and help us improve forecasts of environmental change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberW06302
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

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ecohydrology
interdisciplinary approach
hypothesis testing
water
land surface
environmental change
natural resource
water supply
methodology
nutrient

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Newman, B. D., Wilcox, B. P., Archer, S. R., Breshears, D. D., Dahm, C. N., Duffy, C. J., ... Vivoni, E. R. (2006). Ecohydrology of water-limited environments: A scientific vision. Water Resources Research, 42(6), [W06302]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005WR004141
Newman, Brent D. ; Wilcox, Bradford P. ; Archer, Steven R. ; Breshears, David D. ; Dahm, Clifford N. ; Duffy, Christopher J. ; McDowell, Nate G. ; Phillips, Fred M. ; Scanlon, Bridget R. ; Vivoni, Enrique R. / Ecohydrology of water-limited environments : A scientific vision. In: Water Resources Research. 2006 ; Vol. 42, No. 6.
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Newman, BD, Wilcox, BP, Archer, SR, Breshears, DD, Dahm, CN, Duffy, CJ, McDowell, NG, Phillips, FM, Scanlon, BR & Vivoni, ER 2006, 'Ecohydrology of water-limited environments: A scientific vision', Water Resources Research, vol. 42, no. 6, W06302. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005WR004141

Ecohydrology of water-limited environments : A scientific vision. / Newman, Brent D.; Wilcox, Bradford P.; Archer, Steven R.; Breshears, David D.; Dahm, Clifford N.; Duffy, Christopher J.; McDowell, Nate G.; Phillips, Fred M.; Scanlon, Bridget R.; Vivoni, Enrique R.

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Newman BD, Wilcox BP, Archer SR, Breshears DD, Dahm CN, Duffy CJ et al. Ecohydrology of water-limited environments: A scientific vision. Water Resources Research. 2006 Jun 1;42(6). W06302. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005WR004141